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Sierra Nevada Dark Forces Baltic Porter



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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
Dark Force Baltic Porter - Brewed with the help from our friends at Pizza Port near San Diego. This beer is a deep russet-brown with heady malt aromas. It has layers of roasty, malt-driven flavors, with notes of chocolate and smoke and hints of black cherry-like fruity highlights. The beer finishes medium-dry and is surprisingly drinkable for something so complex.

Original Gravity: 20.2 P Bitterness Units: 25 IBU Color: Ruby Brown Bittering Hops: Sterling Finishing Hops: Strissselpalt Malts: Euro-Pils, Munich Wheat, Chocolate, Caramel (45) Special B, Carafa III & Roasted Barley

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (998) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 21, 2010
On tap at O’briens and Toronado, San Diego on multiple occasions. Im liking these one-offs from Sierra! Empire Strikes Black was the shit, and this follows up nicely. Oily black with little head, but decent carbonation. Sweet aroma of dark fruit (dates, plum and cherry) mixed with salty roasted tones. Flavor starts sweet with more cherry and light clove, followed immediately by darker smoke and coffee tones. Thick, coating mouthfeel. Fairly complex. I like it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Pours black with a medium sized, tan head that leaves good lace. Smells dark and roasty with a good bit of coffee and a hint of chocolate sweetness. Tastes of black licorice and sweet, roasted malts. Sweet overall. Medium body, light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
I had this on tap at Pizza Port San Clemente. It’s a very dark brown pour with nice malty and roasty flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Dark brown with a fizzy white head. Sweet molasses and roasted grain aroma and taste with molasses hints and a burnt coffee finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5400) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2010
On draft at PP Carlsbad. Dark brown, with off-white head. Dark roasty malts, and small amount of chocolate.. somewhat earthy. This was a disappointment, not much going on here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Tap @ toronado. Deep coffe brown with a small off whit head that turned to nothing. Black cherry, cocoa dust and faint coffee.run of the mill.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Served on tap a Pizza Port OB on 5/15/10. I felt bad ordering a not Port brew on my first visit but this looked far to inviting. Turns out after all it is a collaboration so it’s perfect! The appearance is a nice rich brown-black with a small medium brown head. The aromas are full of roasted goodness, chocolate, and hints of burned popcorn. The flavors are all heavy roasted grains at first with dark chocolate notes that build through the drink and really develop into more upfront flavors. Some nice coffee bean notes in there as well. The mouth is fairly full and nicely smooth. Very drinkable and delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - MAY 18, 2010
O’Briens SD on draft. Stout Porter blend flavors. Some coco. Nice low carb look but like a macro it carbs up on the palate. Balanced. Almost no alc detected. Touch of coffee and toffee. Some cola flavors. Balanced and slightly sticky. Could be darker roasted to go along with the rich somewhat thick flavors? Imperial porter for sure but not overly complex or creamy. Very cool to try and the 1st to rate!

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